China Warns U.S. Against Launching Missiles at it’s Doorstep

China says it will “not stand idly by” if the U.S. deploys missiles in the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during security meetings in Asia that he wanted to deploy mid-range conventional missiles in the region within months.

China warned neighboring countries not to allow the U.S. to do so in their territories.

Australia has already said it will not be a base for the missiles.

This comes after the Trump administration withdrew from a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia last week that had barred such launches.

China says it will not enter into a trilateral arms control deal with the U S. and Russia. But the nation will remain engaged in disarmament discussions.